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Draft (max): 3'1"
Displacement (approx.): 7,100 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 8'7" (with arch); 5'11" (without arch)
Fuel Capacity: 100 gal.
Max Horsepower: 430
Available Power: Volvo Penta 380 EVC dual prop; MerCruiser 380 Bravo Three and MerCruiser 430 MPI DTS CAT Bravo Three
The 288’s transom platform and walk-through are covered in nonskid gray-with-black-stripes SeaDek. The look is reminiscent of bleached teak and holly, crisp and clean. The platform is wide and features a boarding ladder that’s easy to deploy from the water — a safety feature required for its NMMA certification. Cobalt beats Monterey here, though, with its patented transom step that swings into the water, offering up a chest-deep, two-person seat for relaxing or easier reboarding. It serves the dual purpose of adding a barrier between bare feet and the propset below.
Monterey’s sun pad pops up into a rumble seat that’s inarguably one of the most pleasant luxuries on board. Back inside, the aft lounge seat back also serves as a head bolster when the pad is flat for sunbathing. In fact, there are no unpadded flat surfaces in the 288SS, and each contoured upholstery feature is shaped for comfort and to complement the vessel’s exterior lines and interior style. Adding to convertibility, the passenger seat back flips forward, completing an aft-facing lounge.
Forward seating is spacious too, and each lounge sports a swing-away armrest. Access to the area is through the windshield, and a wind dam is present to close the cockpit in inclement weather. There’s a ton of storage easily accessed in the walk-through under the helm station.
I’d have to say that the 288SS is evidence that Monterey is making a try for king of the hill. Its weaponry is sharpened with elegant style and a luxury ride.